Cherries: Smith putting talk of future on hold

07 April 2011 07:00
DEAN Court loan star Adam Smith is keen to put talk of his future on the backburner as he focuses his full attention on Cherries' League One run-in.[LNB] The Tottenham defender was signed by former boss Eddie Howe in September and has been instrumental in helping Cherries keep up their promotion push.[LNB] Smith earned Lee Bradbury's men a potentially-priceless point when he bagged his maiden career goal during their 3-3 draw at Peterborough on Friday.[LNB] The 19-year-old, who has missed just one league game since arriving on a youth loan, popped up to score a dramatic equaliser deep into injury time.[LNB] Smith has grown in stature since arriving at Dean Court, his form for Cherries seeing him linked with several suitors, including Howe's new club Burnley.[LNB] But although his contract at White Hart Lane is up for renewal in the summer, Smith says he is in no rush to make a decision on his future.[LNB] Cherries have already registered their interest by holding preliminary talks with Smith regarding the possibility of him signing a permanent deal.[LNB] Smith told the Daily Echo: I have told the club I am keeping my options open. I just want to see what happens at the end of the season. Coming here is definitely an option though.[LNB] I love it here and it is a great club. I love the place, the supporters and the lads. The club took me on loan and it has helped me develop. I have been here for most of the season and everybody has made me feel very welcome.[LNB] Everybody wants the best for himself and I am an ambitious person. I just want to keep playing well for Bournemouth and, hopefully, we will get promotion.[LNB] Smith, who has also been linked with Championship clubs Reading and Ipswich, believes Cherries could still claim the second automatic promotion berth.[LNB] He added: Nobody knows what to expect in life or football. Not many people would have expected me to score the equaliser against Peterborough. It was a valuable point and now we have got to see how it goes in the remaining games. I don't think anybody should write us off.[LNB] If we keep showing the same spirit and determination then who knows what might happen. We have got an easier run-in than most of the other teams but that doesn't mean anything. A lot of our remaining games are against the teams which are fighting for their lives so they are going to be very difficult opponents.[LNB] Unfortunately Smith's fears were underlined by Cherries' 1-0 defeat against League One strugglers Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium on Tuesday night.[LNB]

Source: Bournemouth_Echo